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Jim Irsay on Peyton Manning: 'I love him'

Posted on: January 30, 2012 4:14 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 4:14 pm
 
Irsay, Manning

By Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS -- The relationship between Colts owner Jim Irsay and quarterback Peyton Manning seemingly has broken down in the past two weeks after Irsay fired Jim Caldwell. Not knowing whether Manning’s fused neck will heal enough to allow him to play again and not knowing whether the Colts will want to bring him back, the two have had an ugly spat that’s played out in the media.

In fact, the two felt compelled to release a dual statement in which they proclaimed, “We would like to dispel any misperception that there might be any hard feelings between us. … We have always been able to talk and address matters we’ve faced over the years, not just as owner and player, but as friends.”

But as CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco wrote, Irsay shouldn’t forget that the play of Manning in elevating the franchise allowed this city to earn a Super Bowl bid.

Irsay hasn’t.

“To look at Peyton as an owner, it’s what you dream about having a player like that,” Irsay said Monday. “You’re so blessed to have someone come in and to be such a part of the community and to be part of the golden era. Eventually, there will be the statue and all those things. We’ve been through a lot of battles together, but we’re very close. Some of the things that get out there, there’s probably a misconception because we’re family. We’ve given each other flak. He’s competitive and so am I. But I love him.”

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After the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee presser was over Monday afternoon, a horde of media trailed Irsay for more sound, but he didn’t want to comment on Manning’s future with the organization, preferring instead to focus on the actual game this week.

“What he’s meant to the franchise and what we’ve done, he played a huge role in that,” Irsay said. “That’s obvious.”

Indiana governor Mitch Daniels also recognized the importance of Manning and Irsay.

“Peyton Manning and Jim Irsay are two of the most important figures in the world of professional football,” Daniels said. “What everyone needs to know is they are equally great citizens. They have been role models for other citizen and leaders. Our job has been made a whole lot easier by the exemplary leadership each of them has provided. We couldn’t be luckier.”

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Comments

Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 12:07 pm
 

Jim Irsay on Peyton Manning: 'I love him'

I am not a homophobe, but I cannot think of a ga y er title for an article. 

Maybe Jim tweeting, "I longo for Peytons schlongo."



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:22 am
 

Jim Irsay on Peyton Manning: 'I love him'

so does pittsburgh, we don't want ben the rapist here!!!!



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:19 am
 

Jim Irsay on Peyton Manning: 'I love him'

is cbs now reporting that theres a secret love affair between irsay and manning?  wow these guys are the tops when it comes to fact finding!!!!



Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:34 pm
 

Jim Irsay on Peyton Manning: 'I love him'

Of the two, who truly sounds most like a politician when speaking to the media??



Since: Jan 1, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:27 pm
 

Jim Irsay on Peyton Manning: 'I love him'

Isn't this the same kind of "love" that the 49'ers showed Montana before they showed him the door?  Irsay is just setting Manning up for when he "has" to release him and move forward.  I just want Irsay to come out and say, the name of this stadium should be "Manning Field"; i have all this money because of Manning; and I'm trying to keep this franchise relevant at all costs.



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:04 pm
 

Jim Irsay on Peyton Manning: 'I love him'

Does Irsay think he has to make news everyday? Isn't this week about the Super Bowl? When did it become The Irsay Show. I thought it was bad for any player, owner or team that is NOT affiliated with the 2 Super Bowl teams to divert the attention from the game. So Irsay please shut up and media ignore the buffoon. This week is NOT about Irsay or Peyton Manning. Gmen v Pats puhlease



Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:14 pm
 

Jim Irsay on Peyton Manning: 'I love him'

Now he loves Peyton, Last week Peyton was a politician who should keep his mouth shut.  I guess he now realizes how many tickets and how much Colts merchandise that Peyton sold for the Colts.  I wish Peyton the best wherever he ends up next season



Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 6:51 pm
 

Jim Irsay on Peyton Manning: 'I love him'

Peyton....Kansas City has an opening for you. See you soon.



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 6:27 pm
 

Jim Irsay on Peyton Manning: 'I love him'

of course irsay loves him.  manning made his pathetic team relevent.



Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 6:02 pm
 

Jim Irsay on Peyton Manning: 'I love him'

Mr. Irsay, loving Peyton Manning is not your privilege. Football fans love Peyton! Stop messing around with the guy and try to keep him in your organization. If not for playing, for coaching or for some management role. The guy surely got the brains!


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